31 May 2019 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) The memorial service of Namibias first Vice President, Nickey Iyambo, is underway at Parliament Gardens in Windhoek.
Iyambo died in Windhoek on 19 May. He was 82.
Amongst the mourners present at the memorial service are President Hage Geingob, First Lady Monica Geingos, former presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba, Vice President Nangolo Mbumba, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Members of Parliament, family, friends and the general public.
The Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs, Hilma Nicanor is the director of ceremonies of the programme which started at 12h00 and ends at 17h00.
Among those delivering messages of condolences are representatives of the Swapo Party and other political parties.
A message will be delivered on behalf of Iyambos friends by Dr Solly Amadhila, while the familys message will be read by TK Boas Mweendeleli.
President Geingob and former presidents Nujoma and Pohamba are also expected to speak.
Iyambos body will lie in State before he is laid to rest at Heroes Acre outside on Saturday.
Iyambo served as vice president from 2015 until his resignation in February 2018.
In his preceding assignments, he served as a member of the Cabinet of Namibia since independence, serving as the Minister of Health and Social Services from 1990 to 1996.
He became the Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing from 1996 to 2002 before becoming Minister of Mines and Energy from 2002 to 2005.
Iyambo also served as the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry from 2005 to 2008, then Minister of Safety and Security from 2008 to 2010 and Minister of Veterans Affairs since 2010.